Gun Stuff and History
Jeff Soyer on 03 May 2013 10:26 am
Starting tomorrow, May 4th, and running for two weeks, a very fine collection of historical firearms will be on display at The Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody. Included in the collection:
Catherine the Greatâ€™s Russian Jaeger Flintlock Rifle, ca. 1730. Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center. L.373.2012.52
Maker: Permajakov; Russia
Date: c. 1730
Catalog Number: L.373.2012.52
This rifle was made for Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia.
Thomas Jeffersonâ€™s North African Miquelet Jezail (Musket), 1789. Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center. L.373.2012.11
Maker: Muhammad; Montenegro
Catalog Number: L.373.2012.11
Ambassador of the Bey of Tunisia, Siddi Suliman Mella, gave this musket to President Thomas Jefferson in 1805. It marked the conclusion of the Tripolitan Wars. This gift influenced the inclusion of the lyrics â€śto the shores of Tripoliâ€ť in the Marineâ€™s Hymn.
Miniature Gatling gun patent model no. 36836, November 4, 1862. Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center. L.373.2012.51
Maker: Richard Jordan Gatling; Hertford County, NC
Patent Number: 36836
Patent Date: 4 November 1862
Catalog Number: L.373.2012.51
This patent is a miniature wooden prototype of Richard Gatlingâ€™s original design for his Gatling Gun.
The Miles Greenwood Foundry and Machine Works of Cincinnati, OH made the first six Gatling Guns, but they were destroyed by a fire. The Cooper Firearms Manufacturing Company, in Philadelphia, PA improved this patent model from 1865 through 1866.
John S. Holler German multi-bladed folding knife with 100 â€śblades,â€ť including a .22 caliber pistol, ca. 1880. Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center. L.373.2012.5
Maker: John S. Holler; Germany
Caliber: 100 â€śbladesâ€ť; .22 pinfire revolver (5 shot)
Date: c. 1880
Catalog Number: L.373.2012.5
This folding knife was created by the Holler Firm in Germany to be displayed in a store window in New York City. Can you spot the cigar cutter, button hook, tuning fork, pencils, or even the .22 caliber revolver? The only feature not included in this folding knife is the crown bottle cap opener, featured on Swiss Army knives today, that was not invented until 1892.
And much more. Wish I could go. If you’re in the area, you should.
Alas, for this blog format, I had to shrink them way down in size and much of the resolution of the original tiff’s goes missing.